Author(s): Anthony Lawrence

Poetry & Plays

Headwaters marries an extraordinary gift for observation of the natural world and an exquisite
appreciation of human creatureliness with marvellous linguistic precision to create a singular, life-affirming music.

John Burnside

Anthony Lawrence’s stature as one of Australia’s leading poets was recognised in 2015 with the coveted Philip Hodgins medal, and is regularly reinforced by his many victories in poetry competitions: the inaugural Judith Wright Calanthe Award, the Gwen Harwood, the Blake, the Kenneth Slessor, the Peter Porter, and most recently the prestigious 2015 Newcastle Poetry Prize, his third.

Yet it is not his prizes we cherish, but the essence of his poetry:

Two shot glasses, lit from within 
by sixteen year old Lagavulin. 
A lemon tree, cut back with the imprecision 
only a bread knife can bring 
to organic joinery.

Headwaters is the sixteenth collection from a widely revered poet writing at the height of his passions.

Find yourself a shot glass, take a seat, and take a shot.


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Winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.
Read the Judges’ Comments here

Launched by Mark Roberts at the Newcastle Writers Festival  on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at 3.30pm.
Read Mark’s launch remarks here at Rochford Street Review

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  • : 9781922080608
  • : Pitt Street Poetry
  • : Pitt Street Poetry
  • : November 2015
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  • : Anthony Lawrence
  • : Paperback
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